The World Series of Fighting's #1 contender in the bantamweight division, Josh Hill, is slated to rematch current champion Marlon Moraes for his 135 pound crown at WSOF 32 on July 30, 2016. The first time these gentlemen squared off was back at World Series Of Fighting 18 on February 12, 2015. Since their initial bout, Hill has won four straight to put him next in line for a shot at Moraes. Bloody Elbow spoke with Josh Hill about his upcoming rematch, Team Alpha Male, and taking fights outside of his WSOF contract.
Interview: #1 Bantamweight Contender Josh Hill WSOF 32 **AUDIO ONLY**
Josh Hill reflected on his first bout with Marlon Moraes:
"I think a lot of people kind of had me counted out in that fight. I was a big heavy underdog. I'll probably be an underdog again in the rematch but it should be a lot closer in the odds. It's going to be interesting. I think they thought I was just going to go out and try to wrestle with him and that I was kind of one dimensional. I think I kind of shocked them and caught them with a lot of stuff they didn't really see coming. So this fight I'm sure they're going to be doing their homework and they're going to be watching that fight and studying me. I'm doing the same with him so we'll just kind of see who progressed and who can find those openings and who will make the first mistake."
Check out the first fight between Josh Hill and Marlon Moraes at WSOF 18:
Josh Hill details how the WSOF has allowed him to compete outside of the promotion while still under contract:
"I'm still signed with World Series so every fight I have outside of the World Series I need to get permission from them. It's just I want to keep active. They only have a limited amount of spots they can put guys in on. They're averaging I think about one card a month. There's not a lot of guys on the roster and there's not always fights for me at 135 at those times. I don't want to be sitting up on the shelf fighting once or twice a year. I want to be active at least three times sometimes four times a year. Some opportunities came up, like the one fight in my hometown, so I asked permission for that and they let me do that. The other fight I got the opportunity to travel to Romania. So anytime I can travel in the sport and experience the world I'll jump on that. So they gave permission to do that. The last one was in Canada. It was a good opportunity and a good opponent so again I got permission and they let me go."
Team Alpha Male has become a second home for Josh Hill:
"Every fight I come out here now and it's kind of like my second home. I love the training out here. I love the guys. I love the weather. Especially back in the winter in Canada; it sucks to train. Yea, I'm comfortable here now. I really like it. The training's amazing, the coaches are amazing and I feel like I get better every time I leave here."
Hill and fellow Alpha Male Lance Palmer are looking to bring two titles back to TAM at WSOF 32:
"Me and him are on the same card again which is great. We've done that before. He's fighting for the title rematch as well in the co-main event and I'm in the main event. We're looking to bring two titles back home so, awesome training partner to have. Always fun to fight on the same card as your friends do."
To watch Josh Hill once again challenge for the WSOF bantamweight title against champion Marlon Moraes, tune in to World Series of Fighting 32 on July 30, 2016. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for full event coverage including, previews, results, highlights, and more! Video of this interview can be seen at the top of the page.